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Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned.

Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur who acts as a watchdog on extreme poverty around the world, has issued a withering critique of the state of America today. Trump is steering the country towards a “dramatic change of direction” that is rewarding the rich and punishing the poor by blocking access even to the most meager necessities.

“This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty,” Alston told the Guardian.

Millions of Americans already struggling to make ends meet faced “ruination”, he warned. “If food stamps and access to Medicaid are removed, and housing subsidies cut, then the effect on people living on the margins will be drastic.”

Asked to define “ruination”, Alston said: “Severe deprivation of food and almost no access to healthcare.”

Alston sounds the alarm in the final report of his investigation into extreme poverty in the US that is published on Friday and will be presented to the UN human rights council in Geneva at the end of June. His findings are based on a tour he carried out in December through some of America’s most destitute communities, from Skid Row in Los Angeles, through poor African American areas in Alabama, and the stricken coal country of West Virginia, to hurricane-racked Puerto Rico.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/01/us-inequality-donald-trump-cruel-measures-un
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The report amounts to one of the most scorching assessments of Trump’s leadership in his 16 months in the White House. It is likely to spark debate across the political aisle as well as globally about the US president’s rapid drive towards heightened inequality.

The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest
Philip Alston
The Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told the Guardian it was profoundly important that international observers were speaking out about Trump’s impact. “This administration inherited a bad situation with inequality in the US and is now fanning the flames and worsening the situation. What is so disturbing is that Trump, rather than taking measures to ameliorate the problem, is taking measures to aggravate it.”

Top of the list of those measures was the $1.5tn tax cuts enacted by the Republicans last December that slashed corporate tax rates. “Can you believe a country where the life expectancy is already in decline, particularly among those whose income is limited, giving tax breaks to billionaires and corporations while leaving millions of Americans without health insurance?” Stiglitz said.

The UN monitor similarly excoriates Trump and the Republicans in Congress for passing a tax bill that “overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality”. Alston added that “the policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege”.

He cautioned middle-class Americans from thinking they were immune from the lash of such policies, as Trump’s assault “bodes ill for society as a whole. The proposed slashing of social protection benefits will affect the middle classes every bit as much as the poor.”
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The Federal Reserve annual economic survey released last week underlines the large pool of people who are vulnerable to any further erosion of the safety net. It found that four out of 10 Americans are so hard up they could not cover an emergency expense of $400 without borrowing money or selling possessions.

Cory Booker, the US senator from New Jersey, described the UN report as “disturbing, but unfortunately not surprising. We live in a land where great wealth lives alongside unconscionable poverty, and the Trump tax bill makes this dire situation worse by showering the wealthiest with huge tax breaks while Republican leaders seek to make drastic cuts to the social safety net.”

Booker, who has introduced legislation to combat poverty, said fellow policymakers should see Alston’s investigation as a wake-up call to take bold action, such as a jobs guarantee, healthcare for all and help for former prisoners to reintegrate in society. “People who disagree on politics can agree that no child in America should go to bed hungry, no home should lack access to a working sewer system, no illness should drive a family to bankruptcy.”

As one of the world’s wealthiest societies, the US is what Alston calls a “land of stark contrasts”. It is home to one in four of the world’s 2,208 billionaires.

At the other end of the spectrum, 40 million Americans live in poverty. More than five million eke out an existence amid the kind of absolute deprivation normally associated with the developing world.

The symptoms of such glaring inequality include:

Americans now live shorter and sicker lives than citizens of other rich democracies;
- Tropical diseases that flourish in conditions of poverty are on the rise;
- The US incarceration rate remains the highest in the world;
- Voter registration levels are among the lowest in industrialised nations – 64% of the voting-age population, compared with 91% in Canada and the UK and 99% in Japan.
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Last year the IMF, a world body not renowned for being hyper-critical of countries that fail the poor, said: “The US economy is delivering better living standards for only the few. Household incomes are stagnating, job opportunities are deteriorating, prospects for upward mobility are waning and economic gains are increasingly accruing to those that are already wealthy.”

Stiglitz said: “It’s clear that this administration is totally out of step with the rest of the advanced world that is looking at the US more askance on so many levels. For Americans who are fighting against the abnormality of the Trump administration it is heartening and reinforcing to know that the rest of the world is becoming more resolved in how it deals with the post-Trump US.”
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>>259152
>Last year the IMF, a world body not renowned for being hyper-critical of countries that fail the poor, said: “The US economy is delivering better living standards for only the few. Household incomes are stagnating, job opportunities are deteriorating, prospects for upward mobility are waning and economic gains are increasingly accruing to those that are already wealthy.”
How has the US failed the poor?
Household income and economic gains going to the wealthy is a bullshit thing to say, due to the composition of the groups.
https://youtu.be/1DU2IT8rl6c?t=286
This video will explain why.
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>>259149
And yet the hordes of obscenely rich Hollywood liberals will continue to curse Trump from their ivory towers, and cry in front of cameras about how oppressed the poor are, before they climb into a limo to go to an awards show with hundreds of other wealthy people, where they will eat tremendously expensive foods and then make speeches about how Drumpf is literally stealing food from the mouths of children, before heading back to their mansions.
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>>259166
this was weak; step up your game
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>>259152
>job opportunities are deteriorating, prospects for upward mobility are waning
Simply not true. You're making up things about the state of the economy.
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>>259176
Nah, that was the absolute max amount of caring I could muster and it subsided about halfway through.
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Im fucking tired and sick of Drumpfs America and what hes doing to the underprivileged. When the fuck are we going to stop this? I swear to god if he isnt impeached soon im going start killing Nazis in the streets
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>>259149
Damn that mean old Trump not personally handing out free food to the world's poor.
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>>259149
Good thing I don't get hungry anymore.
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>>259215
He hasn't been impeached because the Nazis are running the show. Stop targeting cattle and go for the real puppet masters.
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>>259184
Your ruling government, aka, the federal government is in 21 trillion dollars of debt to an institution that isn't even american. Your economy doesn't even exist and if that imaginary word really does hold weight, it belongs to your country's debtors which I'm sure you never agreed for.
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>>259229
Woah man, that's deep. I guess i better like fight the system for real man huh
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>>259241
After the NK summit the DRUMPHF hate on here has gotten so weak lmoa.
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>>259242
it's almost like people criticize trump when he's acting as whiny retard-in-chief and praise him when he's acting presidential
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>>259242
Yeah lefties getting desperate. This is only year 1.5. They're gonna turn into frothing crazy people by year seven.
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What the fuck happened to the Reagan dream of America as a light on a hill?
WTF happened. Thanks Gingrich, you womanizing, "I'm-fucking- my -mistress-while-my-wife dies-of-cancer"

History will record that Gingrich changed US politics into a vitriolic soup.

And, I know that Re-puppies reading this will react with bile. But they don't know. They have no memory.

Praising Kim while trashing US allies of decades, and with bad stats and lies, These allies are standing for a system that the US created.
This world system of trade is 70 years in the making and it WAS AN AMERICAN PROJECT.

THE EU was a US sponsored project to put and end to war in Europe. It worked. 70 fucking worked.

Now, a failed property developer, a draft dodger, a casino bankrupt (WHO THE FUCK LOSES MONEY ON A CASINO - IT'S A FUCK LICENCE TO PRINT MONEY). A many who does not read, does not allow people to inform or educate him, who walks out of international face-to-face summit meetings because he gets bored.

Mark the names of all those surrogates who defend him on his treatment of US allies. In the short term they may get more jobs but history will mark them.
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>>259243
Implying the Trump hating crowd will ever admit he will ever look presidential. They are as stubborn as the pro Trump crowd will admit that he looks like an ass on Twitter.
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>>259264
He never looks presidential, but that's a good thing, and a large part of why he got elected. Americans did not want another politician.
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>the guardian

Next
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>>259270
Lame ass defense.
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>>259270
>Russians didn't want Hillary
FTFY
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>>259149
>Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned.
this sounds like it is written from an absolutely unbiased and trustworthy source, thanks anon for the hard hitting article!
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>>259304
>the United Nations monitor on poverty
Yes, actually, that is a politically neutral body.
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>>259309
original document:
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G18/125/30/PDF/G1812530.pdf?OpenElement
>The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights visited the United States of America from 1 to 15 December 2017
the report was written using data collected before trump was even sworn in as president
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>>259310
>>259309
also, the only time trump was mentioned in the report:
>These ideas underpin both Speaker Paul Ryan’s blueprint for welfare reform27and the budget proposed by President Donald Trump for the fiscal year 2019, which decries “stubbornly high”enrolment in welfare programmes, and describes millions of Americans as being “in a tragic state of dependency on a welfare system that does not reward work, and in many cases, pays people not to work”
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>>259149
>Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned.
this is not in the report at all.
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>>259310
>>259311
I would say this makes the problem not entirely trumps fault, and whoever posted the article needs a knock on the head for implying such. If anything he's responsible for not fixing it properly.

It does not, unfortunately, mean there is no problem.
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>>259363
>It does not, unfortunately, mean there is no problem.
i agree but the posted articles is so slanted its basically propaganda
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>>259149
I can't look at that picture and not feel like someone somewhere deserves a harsh beating for the situation it portrays.
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>>259149
Despite an increase in employment the use of food banks and charity organizations is at an all time high.
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>>259371
IKR!? Surely everyone else will wake up soon so we can begin without getting unbelievably fucked up! I can't wait! it's all definitely just around the corner now my Aryan brother!
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>>259149
Trump is not in charge of anything
He is just there for theatre and to take the blame in these cases.
America was never about the little guy.
also why is this a surprise or even news?
You elect a billionare superstar shallow fuckwit and wait for results?
Lol. America is over.
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>>259363
>this makes the problem not entirely trumps fault
Economic problems tend to be years or decades in the making. They're typically symptoms of a disease that took root a long time ago.

The problem is that Presidents are by their very nature short term measures while economic problems have long term causes. Unfortunately though we tend to associate economic gains and losses with whoever is in charge at the moment and typically they deserve neither praise nor blame.
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>>259149
>Donald Trump

dunno. most of US are covered by a medical care system, where such shit like going to doctor is considered as a privilege. american dont care about people, who cant work or feed themselves. people are forced to work just to get a med insurance..

the today shit is a bill americans did in the 70-80 and 90ens. Trump is just a faggot who made it open wound instead to drop billions on it like Obama and his rich buddies wanted to do.

USA need new medi-care system where private must be gone and replaced by effective state system.
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>>259380
>also why is this a surprise or even news?
>You elect a billionare superstar shallow fuckwit and wait for results?
I thought he wasn't in charge of anything? You can't have it both ways friend-o. He can't be a vapid useless actor scapegoat and also be our just deserts for having elected him.
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>>259184
How is that untrue? Wages have been stagnant for over 20 years.
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>>259245
>What the fuck happened to the Reagan dream of America as a light on a hill?
Trickle down didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now. It’s almost like the party that espouses it is just doing it to give to their rich friends and donors or something.
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>>259264
Every once in awhile he surprises me with something positive and presidential, but I still hate him.
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>>259215

Hahaha. Nazis? My friend I don't believe you know what a Nazi is. I don't like Trump, but calling his supporters Nazis is undermining the atrocities commited by the actual Nazis.
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>>259310
>>259311
>>259354
wht the literal fuck?
this.
this entire article is bullshit and shouldnt even be called news the way its written.
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>>259388
Well wages went up but the distribution changed with the middle getting squeezed to the bottom class. So just all around more low income by numbers and overall percentage
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>>259411
This. I'm so sick of retards waving the Nazi flag around as if they comprehend even 1% of the bad shit the real Nazis actually did.
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>>259149
> Guardian
Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin

> Breitbart
Donald Trump bravely fights against Obama-era regulation for American prosperity

Some media outlets massage data. Others torture it until it tells you what you want to hear.
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>>259149
Another communist lie.

Seriously, Trump should've withdraw from the UN and other international organizations.
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>>259434
i think ultimately people are afraid that trump is opening the door to a trend which could eventually result in a nazi style state.
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>>259775
i guess i shoudl say, forcing the door open further.
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>>259775
Describe this nazi style state its heading towards. I wonder how much of it is actually unique to the nazis.
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>>259310
>>259311
>>259354
this whole article and this entire thread is bullshit because of these three posts
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>>259797
it's not unique and i didn't attempt to say that it was. that's just my assessment.
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>>259775
we're moving towards corporatism more than we are fascism, although the president has expressed admiration for certain facets of a fascist government.
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>>259149
> Low unemployment among blacks
That's Obama's policy you weren't in office long enough
> Low wages
That's on you because it's bad.
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>>259388
Wages are stagnant if you follow median wages, because technological advancement hasn't made the median worker more efficient at their jobs. The guy pushing a broom hasn't become more efficient because he has a smartphone in his pocket, and his salary hasn't gone up because he isn't producing more value.
But, technology has made the prospects for upward mobility massive. Before, to start a business you would have to take out massive loans, mortgage your house, and a decades worth of savings to purchase a factory, and pay fat interest rates because of the risk of you going under.
Now, you can start an online business for no money down, and no investment. And to people who can use technology, there is massive upside potential.
Look at something like Uber. Last time I checked they had 3000 employees. They are incredibly productive, in terms of hosting a platform that allows people to turn a resource they have already, their time and a car, and turn it into money at their discretion. This allows hundreds of millions of people to use a resource that already existed, but they could not tap into before. This company is producing billions in value, but has such a small number of employees, that if you were measuring hourly compensation by median salary you wouldn't be able to measure this growth.
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>>259229
fuck, you got me.
The economy doesn't exist.
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>>259810
are you proposing that the people who are sweeping floors, shoveling dirt and doing other menial but necessary jobs all quit to start their own, just to keep up on their rent and basic sustenance? why can't we just raise the minimum wage to reflect the ridiculous rate of inflation present in the us economy currently instead of crippling our foundations?
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>>259827
Because raising the minimum wage doesn't increase the value of their work?
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>>259264
trump is not owed respect for doing one thing right for every ten things he fucks up. that sort of ratio still makes him a shit president, grow up you dumb conservative snowflake
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>>259149
>The UN
>Joseph Stiglitz
>The Guardian

Oh, authorative and unbiased sources here, everyone.
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>>259828
You have it backwards. The value of their work was devalued in the first place, by employers that took in more profits without expanding the upkeep of their businesses.
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>>259854
>trump is not owed respect for doing one thing right for every ten things he fucks up
your right.
hes owed respect for winning what everyone thought was an unwinnable election
hes owed respect for being the first US president to ever sit down with a leader of NK
hes owed respect for having to deal with jackasses like Jim Acosta who grandstand press conferences at historic events trying to get ratings for their news networks
hes owed respect for building a business empire you or I could only dream of owning
grow up you dumb assblasted faggot
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>>259861
I have never seen a more snowflake post on 4chan in my entire life
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>>259867
>lack of argument
>resorts to ad hom
cant argue against the truth, can you?
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>>259869
That is my argument. Your goalpost moving trash doesn't deserve a serious reply. Your post is snowflake bait. A few years ago, you would have been laughed off into an early grave if you had made a post like that here, but Hiroshimoot is spineless and allowed every boomer faggot like you to come live here, where you can feel anti-establishment for using le anonymoose 4chanz xXDDDd while STILL sucking the flaccid cock of the most pro-Israel president this country has ever had. Go back to losing internet arguments with your liberal niece on Facebook where you belong.
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>>259215
How are you gonna kill anyone without using guns considering you filthy degenerates fear physical labor of any kind.
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>>259434
Killing kikes and looking out for your own people aren't bad.
Nor is pushing tech advances much farther than thought possible and fucking over commies.

But sure, keep lapping up your propaganda, its all your know anyway.
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>Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy
stopped reading there
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>>259891
agreed, it's easier just to not think about it.
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>>259354
this
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>>259166
Yeah both parties are faggots and should be lynchd in the streets. So supporting one or the other makes you a braindead faggot.
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The UN should address problems with Africa.
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>>260062
that's racist
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LoL!!! Anti-Trump trolls out in force with more propaganda. Guess they didn't get the memo... The blue wave is just a dirty mudpuddle.
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>>259245

Sensors detect a sore old hippie, not aging well.
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>>259264

Yeah, as if the public wants more of the fake type of presidency the Democrats like to deliver.

Bull Dyke failed, who will they stand up next, a MS-13 member? Party is way out of step with the heart land. The Dems think Hollywood posing matters, star studded idiots are still idiots. How many Obama and Clinton autobiographies have been published now?
And their suckers keep on buying them!
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>>259354

This article is just another example of the loathsome smear tactics of the fake news industry and their liberal backers.

Go Donald!
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>>259363
>It does not, unfortunately, mean there is no problem.

The poor will always be with us. It is just part of the natural distribution of life. You cannot regulate people into healthy behavior, people will make their own life choices, sure where one starts off in life matters. But being a US citizen already put our poor way ahead in the Lotto of Life over true third world poverty.
This is nothing more than UN bureaucrat feigning fainting spells over obvious stuff.
Then he jets back to his elite circles of fawning press and liberals because he told "truth to power."
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>>259374

I know, why didn't that woman realize she would be old one day and needed to save for her retirement? Why did she think she could smoke away her youth, and that we all should now pay for her O2?
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>>259380
>America is over.

Over your country certainly, but as the last Super Power still standing... we can take the envy of the world in stride. In your country there is no board you can express yourself? Sad.
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>>259383
>instead to drop billions on it like Obama and his rich buddies wanted to do.

What is stopping them now? Oh, they cannot help if it actually involves investing "their money." Amazing how rich Democrat leaders get dedicating their lives to public service.
Real head scratcher.
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>>259388
>Wages have been stagnant for over 20 years.

Well comrade what says wages must rise?
Not forgetting the Obama answer was "this is the new normal, slow growth, jobs are never coming back, get used to it" BS.
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>>259409
>Trickle down didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.

Record high employment spits in your lying face.
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>>259410
>surprises me with something positive and presidential, but I still hate him

Maybe you should find more productive use of your time.
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>>259424
>but the distribution changed with the middle getting squeezed to the bottom class.

That was the goal of Democrats, dependent class of reliable voters because they control the gibbs.
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>>259775
>which could eventually result in a nazi style state.

Fool. The State you should really fear is the Facebook (send us your nudes, so we can make sure they are not online - wink), Alphabet (NSA, CIA, FBI, IRS) total surveillance state that already exists. Not some comic book villains you read about.
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>>259802
>although the president has expressed admiration for certain facets of a fascist government.

As a way to bring NK into the fold of adult nations, which do not huck intercontinental ballistic missiles over their neighbors. Obama would just have wanted to spout off about muh human rights, and never meet, draw some imaginary red lines, do nothing when crossed, and accomplish nada. Trump is getting shit done.
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>>259810
>Wages are stagnant

As the economy grows, competition for labor increases, if it continues, wages will rise because of labor scarcity.
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>>259827
>are you proposing that the people who are sweeping floors, shoveling dirt and doing other menial but necessary jobs all quit

Not if they want to eat, and have a roof over their heads. They should go to the library, take free online courses. improve their skills, improve their prospects. Artificially increasing wages just makes business owners shorten hours to reduce costs, and hire less workers.
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>>259828
>Because raising the minimum wage doesn't increase the value of their work?

Does the opposite, McDonalds will be rolling out burger bots soon. They never call in sick, steal, or want breaks. That is thanks to high minimum wage.
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>>259854
>trump is not owed respect for doing one thing right

Your view is wrong, I respect your right to be so stupid. See the difference? Liberals cannot tolerate opposing views, they must hate.
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>>259858
>by employers that took in more profits

The owners took the risk, if they do not reinvest that is their decision. A competitor who does reinvest in the business, not in wages because why do workers deserve a more luxurious lifestyle?




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